For many Alabama families, the decision to put their elderly loved one in a nursing home is one that is met with hesitation and concern. These feelings are justified in that they are turning the care of their loved one over to other people who are supposed to be qualified, committed and professional health care workers who have the best interests of their patients and residents as their number one priority.
However, with a concerning report that was recently released about the lackluster efforts of staff members at a Massachusetts nursing home, veterans groups are pushing for changes in VA nursing homes. Many have openly expressed anger at how unfair it is that veterans have spent considerable time defending their country, but ultimately end up in facilities where their safety health and wellbeing are ignored and neglected.
With an apparent climb in incidents of patient neglect, lawmakers are demanding answers about what the facilities plan to do differently in the future to prevent neglect. Despite the negative stories surfacing in the news, many VA nursing homes described their active efforts to improve their operating policies. Many supporters of veterans are expressing the need for these facilities to maintain transparency in disclosing what is happening in their establishments to discourage any unprofessional and neglectful behavior. Finally, with a relatively new system in place to rate VA nursing homes, it is hopeful that positive changes will begin taking place.
If people have been abused or neglected in a nursing home setting, they may wish to contact an attorney to represent their case. Doing so may give them the best chance at attaining some amount of compensation to offset the consequences of the abuse or neglect that they experienced.
Source: Detroit Free Press, "'Nothing short of horrifying:' Veterans' groups demand fixes at VA nursing homes," Donovan Slack and Andrea Estes, Nov. 19, 2018